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Software, Tech

China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app

October 9, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Apple’s decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, is attracting the ire of the Chinese government. An article in Chinese state […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

October 9, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Much in the same way that food labels are now required to disclose the potential presence of allergens such as peanuts, one Senator is proposing a law that would require tech companies to include a label on products disclosing the […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

FBI warns of major ransomware attacks as criminals go “big-game hunting”

October 8, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The FBI has issued a public service announcement entitled “High Impact Ransomware Attacks Threaten US Businesses and Organizations.” While the announcement doesn’t provide any details of specific attacks, the Bureau warns in the announcement: Ransomware attacks are becoming more targeted, […]


Federal, Policy, Software, Tech

China Tells U.S. to ‘Stay Tuned’ for Retaliation After Trump Blacklists 8 Tech Giants

October 8, 2019

Via: Fortune

China signaled it would hit back after the Trump administration placed eight of the country’s technology giants on a blacklist over alleged human rights violations against Muslim minorities. Asked Tuesday whether China would retaliate over the blacklist, foreign ministry spokesman […]


Federal, Policy

Trump loses New York court fight to keep his tax returns secret

October 7, 2019

Via: CNBC – Top News

A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the release of his personal and corporate tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, who is conducting a criminal investigation related to the president’s company. U.S. District […]


Software, Tech

Windows patch causes more pain: Start Menu, boot and printer problems surface

October 7, 2019

Via: ZDnet

It’s groundhog day for some Windows users. The required October 3 security update to plug an Internet Explorer flaw and a printing bug turns out to be causing more problems. And Microsoft has quietly reissued the updates for KB4524147 as […]


Data Center, Infrastructure

Survey names Colorado, Washington among top data-driven states

October 4, 2019

Via: StateScoop

State governments are using data-driven analysis to make decisions more often than ever before, according to a survey released on Friday by the nonprofit organization Results for America. The group, which collaborated with Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2015 to create the […]


Software, Tech

Windows out-of-band update: Microsoft’s mandatory security patch is for all versions

October 4, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Microsoft has issued an out-of-band required update for all versions of Windows, rounding out the patch it released on September 23 to address an already-exploited flaw in Internet Explorer. Initially, Microsoft only released the out-of-band patch for CVE-2019-1367 on the […]


Federal, Policy

Why GOP Veterans of Clinton’s Impeachment Are Urging Caution on Trump

October 3, 2019

Via: Fortune

Some have regrets. A few can’t talk about it. Others would do it all again. But the Republicans who carried out President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 are unanimous in urging caution and restraint as Congress embarks on yet another […]


Software, Tech

Office 365 major new features: Here’s what you get with new Surfaces, says Microsoft

October 3, 2019

Via: ZDnet

Along with Microsoft’s Surface announcements on Wednesday, the company has revealed AI-powered feature updates to Office 365 apps that exploit Surface hardware for better productivity. Microsoft yesterday took the wraps off the Surface Duo Android foldable phone, Surface Neo tablet, […]